DIY Lava Lamps


  • Add 3 spoonfuls of baking soda to the bottom of your bottle. Use a funnel for less mess! 

  • Fill water bottle ⅔ with vegetable oil. Leave enough space at the top of the water bottle for the magic to happen! 

  • Fill a small bowl halfway with vinegar. Choose the color you want your bottle to be, and add a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar. 

  • Add a few drops of the dyed vinegar to the bottle and watch your lava dance!


  • Keep it to two or three drops of the desired color of food coloring. If the mixture is too dark, the lava effect is not as noticeable.

  • Add the vinegar slowly to make the effect last longer. When you run out, just mix some more with food coloring. 

  • Hold a flashlight under the bottle for a glowing effect!


  • Empty water bottle or tall, clear glass

  • Small bowl or cup

  • Vegetable oil

  • Food coloring

  • Baking soda

  • Vinegar

  • Funnel